When the weather turns cool and crisp, there are people like me who fling open the front doors of their homes and embrace this weather in their loving arms. Fall is my time, the cool weather is my time. I don’t do well in the heat, and I don’t like sweating when I walk outside some 5 minutes after just taking a shower. Then there are the other types. The ones who hate to see Fall weather roll in, who wish it could be Summer all year long.
Whereas I step outside on a crisp 59-degree morning, put on my jacket, take a deep breath, smile, look around; they walk outside and freak. “It’s here people! We’ve been preparing for this! Get to the shelters! Repent now! The cold is here! Not a drill!” For them, Fall and Winter are a time to just huddle close and try to survive. For I, and others of my kind, Fall and Winter is the time to truly embrace being outside, going for day trips, and enjoying life.
Between these two extremes is a middle ground, people who never seem to be happy no matter what the weather is doing. If it’s hot, they complain about how much they want it to be cold and “I’ll never complain about cold weather again!” If it’s cold, they’ll say the exact opposite. “I’ll never complain about hot weather again!” There is no pleasing this type of person. I suspect that they hate fun, and are dreadful people to be neighbors with.
What do I mean when I say they must be dreadful people to be neighbors with? Oh, you know the kind. The kind who gives out raisins on Halloween. The kind who leaves their Christmas decorations up till well into March. The kind who you can always tell is silently judging everyone else in the neighborhood. The kind of people who think cauliflower pizza crust is a good idea.
But we can’t let the dull people spoil our enjoyment of this time of the year. While all the heat seekers are hiding away waiting for an oppressive sun to come back out to kill us, we Fall Freaks will be enjoying the many fruits this season has to offer. While they spend their time making always snack packs of dried grapes and toothbrushes to give out, I shall be running around enjoying the fresh air, corn mazes, hayrides, bonfires, and dressing in layers—the only true way to dress in style.
Just keep your eyes peeled on social media this season, I promise you’ll be able to easily see how falls into what category. They’ll be the complainers, the embraces, and the middling—all of us under its spell—wait, no, that’s the lyrics to a song, not the way to wrap up this column. I’m gonna go put on a button-up shirt, toss a scarf over my neck, put the windows, down in the car, and savor the weather. See you next week.